Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of his side’s clash against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Saturday, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte confirmed that forward Eden Hazard is finally available for selection and he could make his first appearance of the season against the Foxes.
Conte on Eden Hazard: 'He is improving a lot and I think now I can count on him. I have to decide the right minutes but he is available.'
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) September 8, 2017
The Belgium international picked up an ankle injury while on duty with his country earlier in the summer but he made his comeback from injury for them during the recent international break, scoring one and assisting another in the 9-0 win against Gibraltar at the end of last month.
The 26-year-old’s fine form last season – the attacker scored 16 goals and provided a further five assists in 36 Premier League outings – was one of the main reasons the Blues won the title.
Chelsea supporters were quick to have their say on Conte’s comments via social media, and not only are they delighted about Hazard’s return, they think that Arsenal will be “shaking” ahead of the two clubs’ clash next weekend.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
— ✊🏾 Micah ✊🏾 (@keyno_keynz) September 8, 2017
start eden or riot
— sivert Eriksen (@tvitrefugl) September 8, 2017
— Comrade (@iAGB4REAL) September 8, 2017
He is Back @Hazard
— Prince Waddle (@PrinceWaddle14) September 8, 2017
Huge Bonus @DavidBurton1971
— Aminexia (@AminXunofficial) September 8, 2017
Chelsea needs him
— Michael Hazel (@hazl11_michael) September 8, 2017
Let him start the game
— Timothy Opot (@opot_timothy) September 8, 2017
Arsenal must be shaking
— nice® (@Kgotsofalaang) September 8, 2017
Eden Michael Hazard is back, y'all. Our season starts NOW! #cfc
— Forever Blue (@BunchOfBallacks) September 8, 2017